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What you need:

1 litre vegetable stock or cold water
250g polenta or coarse maize
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fig and red onion relish
75g goat’s cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)

Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.

Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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What you need:

1½ kg  ham joint ( unsmoked)
1  carrot, roughly chopped
1  celery stick, roughly chopped
1 cinnamon stick
20 peppercorns
20 cloves
2tbsp honey
1 tbsp Demerara sugar

For the coleslaw:

½ small  red cabbage, finely shredded
2  medium carrots, coarsely grated
1  red onion, finely sliced
3tbsp  mayonnaise
1tsp Dijon mustard
1tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 375F /  gas mark  5.

Place the ham joint into a large pan and completely cover with water. Now add the carrot, celery, cinnamon and peppercorns.
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 1½ hours. Scoop out and white foam the rise to the top.

Pour the cooking liquor out of the pan .

Leave the ham to cool for 10 minutes.

Place the ham into a roasting tin and then cut away the skin leaving a layer of fat.

With a knife score the fat in a criss-cross pattern, then spike all over with the cloves.

In a small saucepan add the honey and Demerara sugar and warm through, pour all over the ham and bake for 25 minutes basting the juices a few times as it cooks.

Meanwhile for the coleslaw quite simply take a large mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, season to taste and mix.
Now add the vegetables and give it all a really good mix up then leave to one side.

Leave the ham to cool before slicing. Serve with the coleslaw.

 

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What you need:

8  Pork Sausages
4  shallots, peeled and quartered
½  leek, sliced
1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
1tsp olive oil
1 rosemary sprig roughly chopped
100g plain white flour
4 eggs
175ml semi-skimmed milk
Onion Gravy:

 1 red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp plain white flour
284ml (½ pint) beef stock

What you do:

Pre-heat your oven to 220C /425F  / gas 7.
Sift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and break in the eggs.
Add half the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the remaining milk and whisk until you get tiny little bubbles in the batter.
Add the rosemary and leave to rest for an hour or so.
Cook the sausages in a frying pan with a little olive oil until nicely browned then transfer to a ceramic oven dish.
In the same pan add the shallots and cook until golden then add the leek and carrot and continue frying until the leeks are soft.
Spoon the vegetables around the sausages. Pop into the oven for 5 minutes.
Pour the batter now over the sausages and pop back into the oven as quickly as possible.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Simply serve with some onion gravy and to make that simply cook a red onion finely sliced in 1tbsp of olive oil until soft and just starting to brown.
Next add 1tbsp of plain flour and stir in. Make ½ pint of beef stock using a stock cube then slowly pour into the pan and whisk until smooth. If you like add little Worcestershire sauce to make it a little richer.

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What you need:

1 kg chicken pieces
11 oz /300g button mushroom
2 1/2 oz /50 g butter
18 fl oz / 500 ml milk
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 red onion, finely diced
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 sheets short crust pastry cut into 4 squares
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg (egg wash)

dried thyme ( for sprinkling the tops)

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5

Baste the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper then place onto a baking tray and roast for 35 minutes then remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Heat a Fry pan add a splash of olive oil and the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes then add the onions and flour and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Gradually stir in the milk until you have a nice thick sauce then tear the chicken into chunks and add to the sauce, mix in the chopped parsley and allow the mix to cool.

Place 1 square of short crust pastry onto a baking paper lined and crimp the edges to form a shallow pie, fill with chicken and mushroom mix then top with a square of puff pastry, brush with egg wash and bake for  15- 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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What you need:

2 medium avocados
1/2 small red onion, chopped finely
1 medium plum tomato, deseeded, chopped finely
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander

What you do:

Mash avocados in medium bowl stir in remaining ingredients.
Can be served with nachos, burritos and fajitas

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What you need:

2 sirloin  fillet steaks
300g fresh egg noodles
4 spring onions
Half red onion
Handful bean sprouts
Handful coriander
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Soup Ingredients:

1.5 litres chicken stock

3 tablespoons chili sauce

5 tablespoons  thai fish sauce

What you do:

Mix the chili sauce and the thai fish sauce in a bowl.
Heat the chicken stock in a pan and add the chilli  & thai fish sauce mix.
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Divide the noodles between two large soup bowls
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Boil a kettle and blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then drain and rinse with cold water
Divide the bean sprouts and chilli between the two bowls
Lightly coat the steaks in oil. Sear for 2 minutes on both sides. Baste with the teriyaki sauce. Then cover and rest for 2 minutes
Slice the steaks into thin strips and divide them between the two bowls and top with the chopped spring onions
Quickly ladle the soup over. Garnish with coriander

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What you need:

4  slices bacon (chopped)
2 lb baby bok choy
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 small red onion chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced or dried garlic

What to do :

In a large frying pan  or saucepan fry the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon and drain the fat, reserving one tablespoon of the grease in the skillet.

Add the olive oil, onion, red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until the onions are starting to be tender.

Add the bok choy, and place a lid on the pan. Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid; cook and stir until the bok choy is tender but still crunchy, about 2 minutes. Stir in the bacon, and season with salt.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

1 lb of stewing steak
1 or 2 red onion ( sliced)
3 leeks ( sliced)
1 lb of small skinned potatoes (quartered)
4 carrots ( diced)
1/2 of swede ( diced)
1 parsnip ( diced)
1 1/2 pints beef stock
1 or 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or crushed (optional)

For the dumplings

100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:

Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker then add the beef stock.
Cook on medium heat for 7 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or high heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings:

Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls. Place on top of the stew around an hour before your due to serve.
Personally I prefer to cook stews on a low setting over night.

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